Vol 4 No. 1 Winter/Spring 2015
Earth Tales: The Challenge Ahead
Interview: Lauren Raine – Visionary
Artists are the myth makers.”
May each and every one of us be Butterfly People, Pollinators of the heart, imagination, and mind - for all those who need us, and for all those who are yet to come.
--Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
--I’d rather be a rising ape than a falling angel.
--It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.
--Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
--Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.
--The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.
--It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.
--There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.
--If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.
--The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.
--Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to.
--I have no use for people who have learned the limits of the possible.
--So much universe, and so little time.--
".............If you "borrow" (a horse, land, a place) do you inherently bless (it) , or do you impose? Most communication by white society has seemed more like imposition than blessing. In this light, it is interesting to note that while westerners closely associate communication with "freedom" the Dine associate it with "responsibility" or "accountability".
"If you lie, the gods will know" one elder told me, "so why lie?" . As we discussed the matter further, she explained that one was responsible to the gods for what was said. Responsibility and accountability are virtues to be modeled in living and in the arts.
Given this full time responsibility, there is no separation between art and life. Both bear the responsibility of sustaining a divine rhythm and message. So art is not made to be enjoyed later, as in a gallery or recording. Rather the responsibility to be fulfilled, and to be made divine through art, is realized within the act of creation.
In Witherspoon's words, "Beauty is not to be preserved, but to be constantly renewed in one's self and expressed in one's daily life and activities. To contribute to and be a part of this universal ho'zho' is both man's special blessing and his ultimate destiny."